Fox Searchlight has released a new clip from director Steve McQueen’s intensely moving drama 12 Years a Slave. The true story is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in New York in 1841. Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade. This clip takes place shortly after Northup’s abduction, as he discusses a plan for survival with two fellow captives played by Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and Chris Chalk (Homeland). This really is one of the best films of the year, and I highly suggest seeking it out when it opens in a theater near you.
Hit the jump to watch the new clip, and click here to read Matt’s review from the Toronto International Film Festival. The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’O, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, and Brad Pitt. 12 Years a Slave opens in limited release on October 18th and expands wide on November 1st.
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Here’s the official synopsis for 12 Years a Slave:
12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.